Companies in southern Vietnam are scrambling to recruit employees, offering higher salaries and benefits, as they seek to return to normal production levels after months of lockdowns. Factories trying to persuade workers to return to HCMC by sending them messages that their safe travel would be taken care of, and they would get vaccinated. Companies are increasing salaries and benefits for workers, and also considering giving promotions and opportunities for training and career development.
Moreover, the company is focusing on hiring locally to avoid a similar labor crisis in the future should another social distancing period come. This is because many orders are outstanding and need to be fulfilled. Between July and September 15, some 1.3 million migrant workers had already returned to their hometowns, according to data released by the General Statistics Office. During the four months of social distancing, millions of workers saw their incomes drop, and concerns about the pandemic and social security caused many to leave cities.
Some companies have a large number of workers ready to work but are unable to bring them to their factories due to municipal
regulations. Some multinationals are facing challenges in hiring foreign experts in senior positions due to the difficulties in bringing them into the country and limited international flights.